I’m so happy with how our #garden is transforming. We’ve created a huge space for playing, chilling, eating and basking.

If you swipe through the photos this is what our garden looked like when we moved in last January. We’ve been working hard to make it our own.

To be fair Hubby has done most of the hard work: getting rid of the pond and 5ft high rockery. Using the rocks to make the fire pit area. The decking. And then the patio.

It looks so different. And this photo isn’t the end, we still have some work to do over the next month but I thought it was a good milestone.

We now have somewhere to be as a family. And our sofa is perfect for socially distancing 😂 we can sit 3.5 metres away from eachother.

I am still gobsmacked when I look at it is today and what it was when we moved in. It looks just as I drew it a year ago.

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I’m so happy with how...

I took this photo the other evening; the kiddies wanted to wait for a train to go past and so we sat and waited.

Whilst I checked the train times, they sat there talking and giggling. I captured this moment. It was so lovely. Look how #sweet her body language is. His too.

I love watching them when they have their talks. Every morning when we walk the dogs they walk ahead, or behind, doing the same thing. They chatter about lots of random topics or plan out the Minecraft house they are going to build next.

It’s been a long day and when I see photos like this, of the better days, it reminds me why I need to keep going and getting through the tough times.

My babies. 💛💙 #mummyphotoaday

I took this photo the...

This is for yesterday’s prompt, I left my square black yesterday and so this is my Day 2 of the June Photo Challenge.

These guys always make me #smile. They have the ability to make me feel so very angry and then laugh only 5 minutes later. I’m glad they don’t hold a grudge or stay angry for too long.

I remember this moment well, they were giggling about the dogs. The dogs wandered around them chewing on the grass and Snoopy (our blind dog) nearly head butted Isla.

I love the bond they have developed over the past few months, with each other and the pets too. I’m not saying they love all day long (they bicker) but it’s not as much as they used to and it’s definitely determined by the amount of sleep they get.

Anyone else struggling to get their kids asleep but 10pm? I think Noah came down, in protest, 8 times last night to say he couldn’t sleep.

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This is for yesterday’s prompt,...

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

#blackouttuesday✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesday

🌾 I adore this photo! Not sure what it is exactly: the colours, the wonky lines, the sun setting to the right or the children’s freedom. Or, all of it put together.

This was an ordinary moment captured on our dog walk, Sunday evening. It’s little moments like this, the accidental captures, that I love the most.

I had no idea at the time of taking it that I’d love it as much as I do. I can hear the #kiddies giggling and it makes me want to smile.

Well, it’s a late post. But I didn’t finish work until 10:30pm ish & I’ve been winding down.

I hope everyone had a lovely day.

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🌾 I adore this photo!...

Happy June everyone and here are the photo prompts for #mummyphotoaday, June photo challenge.

I’ve included lots of generic words as during lockdown there is quite a variation of photos. I love seeing how each person takes on the photo prompts, some absolutely stunning photos.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday so I can share the photos throughout the month, but so others can find you and like or comment. It really is such a lovely community.

So, what is everyone doing for June?

Happy June everyone and here...

My favourite pics from May #mummyphotoaday, the fun photo a day photo challenge. Thank you to everyone who has taken part, so many amazing photos to choose from.

The photo is tagged, but left to right:
📷 @mummuddlingthrough
📷 @otisandus.blog
📷 @socalshopgirl384
📷 @van_life_family_
📷 @ceeleah_and_the_small_humans
📷 @norfolk_kinsfolk
📷 @beautifully_defected
📷 @newmummyblog
📷 @typicalmummy

I’ve really loved seeing photos from everyone that joined in: @sahrazade @shareyourplaywithme @beatrix.hendrix.and.me @confessionsofacrummymummy @adventuresstartathome @anywaytostayathome @chaos_at_leitrim @_lisaslife_ @happinessisasunbeam @themummyeditorial

All you have to do to join in with this photo challenge is use the hashtag #mummyphotoaday. Take the keyword from the photo prompts and use that in your caption. We’ve got a lovely community that enjoy seeing each others posts.

Thank you to everyone who joined in. Looking forward to June!

My favourite pics from May...

We went out with a bang for May! We had a day of socially distancing with #family.

Today is Nanny’s birthday, so we watched her open her presents on the driveway, with a good few metres distance. It was horrible not to be able to celebrate the day with her as we always do. We know we will soon and hopefully they can come and spend time in the garden with us soon, due to the new rules.

The kiddies get super sad when we leave families. It’s not nice but I think they understand why we can’t see them properly. Albeit they do not like it!

To cheer us up we played diggers in the fields surrounding my Mums new barn renovation project. No worries about socially distancing over there it is literally fields and fields. The kids loved zooming up and down on the dumper. I think it’s called.

Then we knocked on Great Grandma’s door to blow her a kiss and let her see the kiddies for a few minutes. It’s just so hard.

But, it was so lovely to see family today. Even if from afar and for a short time. We haven’t seen them in the flesh for around a month and it felt so nice.

Here’s to June and another month of lockdown. We’ve still got this!

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We went out with a...

What are the symptoms of a dusty home?

Although our homes are meant to provide protection against the world outside, some people may experience some suspicious symptoms whilst relaxing in the comfort of their own homes. As some of you may remember, I have a horrible dust allergy. To the point where just emptying the vacuum can make me sneeze instantly. These common yet uncomfortable symptoms are often associated with dust allergies. Below is a list of some of the telltale signs you could have a problem with dust particles, along with some simple ways to deal with a dusty home to reduce possible dust allergy triggers. 

Dust Allergies: Common Symptoms

Those who suffer from dust allergies may see either one or all of the symptoms listed below:

  • Sneezing
  • Eye irritation that causes eyes to feel itchy and sore
  • Eyes becoming red, dry or teary
  • A runny or blocked nose 
  • Shortness of breath
  • A wheezy or dry cough
  • Itchy, irritated skin

The symptoms listed above could worsen in different areas of the home or during/directly after cleaning as vacuuming, dusting or sweeping often disturbs dust, bringing it up into the air and making it easier for us to inhale. 

Removing or Reducing Dust Particles

There are a number of things that can be done inside the home to reduce the amount of dust, and therefore, help lower the risk of the dust allergy symptoms. Let’s not have a dusty home!

  • Vacuum your home on a regular basis. A stick vacuum cleaner makes removing dust particles from your home a quick and easy task.  If you find that your symptoms get worse whilst using your vacuum then wearing a mask may be beneficial. Those with severe dust allergies may also want to avoid the space for a period of time after cleaning to allow any dust that has circulated to settle.
  • Remove carpets, especially in the bedroom. If you suffer from allergies then carpeted areas should be avoided wherever possible. Opting for hard floors instead of carpets can make removing dust from your home significantly easier. If you must have carpets or rugs inside your home then ensure you clean them as often as possible using a good quality vacuum and carpet washer.
  • Limit the amount of soft furnishings in your home. Similar to a carpet, soft furnishings such as curtains, throws and cushions can all harbour dust so try to limit the amount of soft furnishings in your home, particularly in the bedroom. If you love having decorative scatter cushions on your bed then choose fabrics such as suede or leather that tend to collect less dust than other types of material.
  • Don’t give pets free rein of the house. If you’re suffering from dust allergies and also have pets at home then chances are that the hair and skin they shed around your home could be making your symptoms much worse. Pets may also be spreading dust around your home via their coats. Keep pets out of bedrooms, away from carpeted areas and be sure to keep the areas that you do share with animals as clean as possible at all times.
  • Keep your home clutter-free. Having less clutter around your house will make it much easier to clean and will reduce the risk of dust build-up. If you must have decorative ornaments, souvenirs, artwork or wall hangings, be sure to wipe them down regularly. Grouping such objects together can also make cleaning them much more efficient. 

Hopefully, the above information has shed some light on the symptoms and management of a dusty home. If you suspect you are experiencing dust allergies it’s best to go and see your doctor who may be able to pinpoint the cause of any allergic reactions you may be having. 

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1 Comment
  • Margaret Gallagher
    May 30, 2020

    Cheerz – so many allergens about – minimize where possible

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